The Naked Brothers Band

 
Tween rockumentary series has a bit of edge.

What parents need to know

Positive messages

Although overall the series celebrates the friendships within the band, the characters' individuality, and their love of music, there's plenty of iffy behavior -- from pranks and strong flirting to arguments and name calling.

Positive role models

The main characters are fairly typical (or at least stereotypical) tween boys -- they make fun of their friends, ogle girls, plan pranks, etc. And the lone parental figure is absent most of the time. On the up side, the cast is notably diverse, and the characters have strong friendships.

Violence

Injuries are sometimes played for laughs. For example, after a light fixture falls on an obnoxiously loud man's head, he's shown covered in an abundance of ice packs and gauze bandages. There's some slapstick-type humor, too (i.e. crotch hits).

Sex

A fair amount of innuendo for a tween-targeted show. Mild flirting scenes highlight the awkwardness of young love. One female character wears very short skirts and skimpy, midriff-baring tops. Alex has a crush on a babysitter.

Language

"Oh my God"; name calling ("booger," "jerk") is common.

Consumerism
Not applicable
Drinking, drugs, & smoking
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Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this series picks up two years after the The Naked Brothers Band Movie. Because much of the material is inspired by the real-life group of friends who star in it, tweens (especially boys) will find a lot that parallels their own experiences. The show has friendly "pranks" (like rigging a bucket to dump water on a boy's head), short-lived (though heated) verbal arguments, and some adolescent sexy-ish references. On the positive side, each episode showcases the stars' impressive singing and songwriting talents.

What's the story?

Billed as a "rockumentary" about the celebrity lifestyle of kid rock 'n' rollers, THE NAKED BROTHERS BAND takes a fantasy look at the behind-the-scenes stuff that fans rarely see from their musical idols. Cameras follow the band members from their hangout to rehearsals to music award shows, capturing their struggles with friendship, loyalty, fame, love, and all the uncertainty of early adolescence. Real-life brothers Nat and Alex Wolff star as themselves, along with longtime friends/onscreen band buddies Thomas Batuello and David Levi. Quassim Middleton (who replaces original group member Joshua Kaye) and Allie DiMeco (who plays Nat's love interest, Rosalina) round out the cast. The show picks up two years after where its parent movie, The Naked Brothers Band Movie, left off. The band members have resolved their differences and reaffirmed that their friendship and shared love of music are more important than fame and fortune. Nat (age 11) and Alex (8) continue to write all of the songs, which are featured in each episode's performances and music videos.

Is it any good?

QUALITY
 

Written and directed by the Wolffs' mom, Polly Draper (thirtysomething), The Naked Brothers Band was inspired by the boys' youthful musical talents, which date from their preschool days. The series keeps it all in the family, with Draper's jazz composer husband, Michael Wolff (The Arsenio Hall Show), co-starring as Nat and Alex's musically inept (onscreen, that is) dad. And Draper's niece, Jesse, lends her talents as the Wolff boys' flighty-but-devoted babysitter.

All in all, the series fares far better than the parent movie did. A little maturity has gone a long way for the young stars, who now tend to steer clear of divisive subject matter and stick to topics that their tween audience will relate to -- like the awkwardness of a budding romance between Nat and Rosalina and the occasional playful prank among the guys (vapor rub instead of hair gel -- ouch!).

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about the characters' relationships. Do any of the relationships within the band resonate with your tweens?

  • Are the band members' lifestyles far-fetched? Tweens, how do you feel about fame? Would you like to be famous, or is it not worth it?

  • Are the characters good role models? Why or why not?

TV details

Cast:Alex Wolff, David Levi, Nat Wolff
Network:Nickelodeon
Genre:Comedy
Topics:Book characters, Friendship, Music and sing-along
TV rating:TV-Y7
Available on:DVD, Streaming

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Kid, 11 years old April 9, 2008
age 0+
 

i hated this

this show is the most horrible show on earth. I can't believe people actually like the show and the music. I can't even desribe how much i hate it, i mean, the parents, like any parents would do that. Nat's voice is also disturbing, and his lyrics are horrible, really really horrible. i think this show should be canceled right away.
Kid, 11 years old April 9, 2008
age 0+
 

THEY ARE TERRIBLE

No one likes this ''band!'' On youtube, usually when people say things nice about the video, they put thunbs up. But on NBB, there are SEVENTY NINE thumbs down. Thats SAD! Honestly thats sad. Their not a real band the only reason their famous is because their Dad is rich. Nat has NO TALENT and he sounds LIKE A GIRL! And the show is just so band I cant even say how much I hate it. Ima girl, and most boys hate it. The show has bad acting, trying to make it look like a documentary by shaking the camera alot. They hit ppl, yell and scream. BAAAADDDD SHOW no fans
Teen, 14 years old Written byRawrIsDinoTalkF... May 11, 2011
age 8+
 
I love this show i would suggest it for everyone because its usual for kids to call each other "booger" and "jerk" i mean seriously its not that bad and i do it all time i mean seriously i bet you've done it in your life before, i've done it TONS of times and wow seriously they will learn these words anyway i for one think it should be on tv AGAIN... And how Alex stopped drinking soda and started drinking milk by going to the soda cruise thing he said it was "creamy" and who doesent love milk unless your lactose and tolerent thing . Also Nat he was inspired to do something and he is a AHHH-mazing song writer... it was one of my favorite tv shows of all time, but you know it always did make my day just to watch them do stupid stuff... And i will admit "Crazy Car" is my ringtone. Even though sometimes it gets annoying its still been my favorite...
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